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Scuba Travel at Tech-Diving 2012

Scuba Travel prides itself as being a liveaboard dive travel specialist agency.  With weekly liveaboard departures from Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm el Sheikh in the Red Sea, exotic destinations such as the Maldives, the Philippines and Sudan, there is always an itinerary to suit everyones wishes.

For divers looking further abroad, Indonesia, Galapagos, Truk Lagoon and Cocos are ideal for the adventurous diver. Or if you prefer to stay shorebased, why not take a look at the superb hotels and dive resorts in Egypt, the Maldives, Malta, Croatia, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia, Curacao, Mexico, Yap or Tobago. Novice or experienced diver, let Scuba Travel be your agent to find the ideal option.

Scuba Travel has developed a travel program for technical divers and divers requiring technical training. The travel program focuses on dive centres and liveaboards offering high quality in everything from gas logistics, equipment and safety prodceures. This program includes destinations like Malta, Coron, Mexico and Truk Lagoon.

At Tech-Diving 2012 Scuba Travel offers all attendants to participate in a fantastic prize draw that includes:

  • A live-aboard week in Truk Lagoon with world class wreck diving aboard the SS Thorfinn
  • A technical wreck diving week with Techwise at Malta
  • Tech-safari onboard the Emperor Elite in the Red Sea with Tekstreme

Come and visit Scuba Travel at Tech-Diving 2012!

World Class Mine Diving  

The mine of Tuna-Hästberg in Sweden was in use until the late 1960-ties after which it was abandoned and slowly filled with water. Under the surface, everything remains exactly as it was on the day the mine was closed down. Daniel Karlsson and Nicklas Myrin, Baggbodykarna, started to explore the dry part of Tuna-Hästberg mine back in 1998. Being experienced cavers and sump divers, they soon reached the third and deepest dry level after which scuba equipment had to be used for further exploration. Since then, more than six kilometres of permanent line have been installed in the dark maze of underwater passages. The mine itself has become a well-known attraction for cave divers from all around Sweden and abroad. At the Tech-Diving 2012 conference Daniel Karlsson will tell the story of the mine and how it was developed from an enthusiast project to a full-fledged dive site.

Dmitri Gorski joined the team in 2007 and brought with him experience of deep trimix and rebreather diving. He was one of the leading members of the 2011 Deep Exploration Project where divers reached depth of 114 meters in the freezing water, making some astonishing discoveries of the long-forgotten industrial era. At Tech-Diving 2012 Dmitri will share his thoughts about this kind of diving and show what was accomplished during the deep dives.


- I believe that a lot of systematization and streamlining of technical diving projects has been achieved during the last six years, says Dmitri Gorski. In his view technical diving has become "commonplace" and there is now a significant amount of divers involved. By working in teams where members have a lot of knowledge and experience much is gained. Instead of guessing and developing new approaches from scratch, we can concentrate on performing and achieving our goals instead. This has led to a number of successful projects all around the world, which were not possible before. Divers have gone deeper and longer and have done so safely; returning to celebrate the success. The use of  CCR rebreathers, which have become so common during the recent years, have made much of this possible.

The next big project for Daniel and Dmitri will be the annual expedition to a remote cave in the arctic north of Sweden. The expedition will continue developing the previously achieved results. The cave is now more than 700 meters long and there are a lot of leads. - We have a strong team this year and techniques have been polished by many years of diving up there. It is a tough environment - strictly side mount, very remote and with freezing water temperatures of around zero. But is one of the most enjoyable projects I have been involved with, says Dmitri. Read more about it at

Tech Diving 2012 conference Jan 28-29 in Stockholm also has a lot to offer for the diver interested in Maritime archaeology.

During the seminar there will be a lot of discussion about technical diving and rebreathers suitable for Maritime archaeology where prolonged time and/or increased depth is desired. As documentation is important to the maritime archaeologist underwater photography section should also be of interest.

Jim Kennard will be at Tech Diving 2012 telling us about the discovery of HMS Ontario, a fully intact 231 year old British Warship sunk 1780 in Lake Ontario. It has been the ìHoly Grailî of shipwreck discoveries in the Great Lakes and the US.

Richard Lundgren tells us about the discovery of the mighty admiralship Mars, sunk during the Nordic seven year war in 1564.

Jill Heinerth underwater explorer and film maker will tell us about photo and video techniques for extreme diving. She will share experiences from cave and deep ocean expeditions from Bahamas, Bermuda and Egypt. Jill is currently editing an investigative documentary that explores the mysterious disappearance of diver Ben McDaniel ( Next Jill will lead a National Geographic expedition to Egypt conducting some first explorations of remote cave springs.


Updates on Isobaric Counterdiffusion and Gas Switching During Decompression at Tech-Diving 2012

Dr David Doolette, Research Physiologist at the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit will speak on Tech-Diving 2012 about the effects of isobaric counter diffusion gas switches on the Tech-Diving 2012 conference in Stockholm in January 2012.

- The most interesting recent finding in decompression research has been quantifying the long-suspected effect of body temperature on the risk (or efficiency) of decompression, according to David Doolette. The U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit research (Technical Report 06-07) showed that for air dives to 36 msw with 25-70 min BT but with identical decompression, a 10 degrees C increase in skin temperature during decompression reduced the risk of decompression sickness by as much as halving the bottom time.

- Technical diving today faces a number of challenges. At the cutting edge of the sport, rebreathers and improvements in battery technology are allowing extremely long duration dives that profoundly affect thermal balance, cardiovascular homeostasis, work tolerance and mental capacity in ways that are not completely understood and for which   countermeasures must be developed, says David Doolette.  For mainstream technical diving,     increasing popularity will bring more public scrutiny of safety and the present rate of accidents is probably unsustainable.
Next diving project for David Doolette is to, along with other Woodville Karst Plain Project (WKPP) team members, explore windows into the Woodville Karst Plain near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
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- Today, divers are demanding specialized product with higher technical features, says Bosse Jarsmo at Oceanic Sweden. Answering this request is Hollis; dive gear designed for leading divers.

Hollis brings innovation and engineering experience to the dive industry by designing the highest quality and most innovative scuba diving equipment available. Equipment designed to accommodate the beginning sport diver to the exploratory technical diver, using the most cutting edge materials and proven technologies for any condition. Designed and Built with Pride in the USA.

- The most recent significant development in the field of technical diving equipment is, according to Tommi Ahonen at Ursuk, the Heavy Light BDS Kevlar (Breathable Diving Suit) which has been developed especially for demanding surface rescue, professional and technical diving. The material is a trilaminate fabric with Kevlar reinforcement. It is extremely light and breathable, properties adding to the comfort of the user.

Ursuk is a Finnish manufacturer of dry suits, representing the absolute top, worldwide. Quality, functionality, and intense product development, on all levels of our organization, have made us one of the world's leading producers of dry suits. Ursuk will be exposing their products at the Tech-Diving 2012 exhibition.


SI TECH will show the latest technology in drysuit seals and quick exchange systems at Tech-Diving 2012. SI TECH´s quick exchange systems improves the uptime of your drysuit without having shorten usability. With the QCS Oval and Neck Tite system you can change and choose your seals without even coming close to any glue. New materials as silicone can be used and gives great features; as better comfort and resistance against UV light. SI TECH quick exchange systems make sure that all you have to bother thinking about is your dive and not equipment service.


Discoverer of Mars the Magnificent will be speaking on Tech-Diving 2012

Mars the Magnificient was the mighty admiralship of the Swedish fleet in the 16th century. The ship was sunk during the Nordic seven year war in 1564. - This year’s discovery and exploration of the 16th century war ship Mars is without a doubt the crown of the last six years exploration efforts, says Richard Lundgren. Richard Lundgren will be one of the speakers of the Tech-Diving 2012 conference in January where he will present the search for and discovery of Mars the Magnificient, the biggest achievement in Swedish wreck history since the discovery of the Vasa ship.

Richard Lundgren doesn´t believe in future major breakthroughs in the field of technical diving. - The magic pill eliminating all decompression obligation? The magic carpet eliminating the need of diver proficiency and skill? I think not, says Richard with a smile. The continued integration of man and machine is truly a challenge. Few innovations have impacted diving really since the 1980s, still the limits of diving is pushed further and further, deeper and deeper. Are we risking a backlash due to increased numbers of accidents or will diver training keep up?

Richard Lundgren has worked as a diver professionally around the world for more than 20 years. He’s been fortunate to have participated in many sensational exploration projects such as HMHS Britannic, sister ship of the RMS Titanic. Lundgren is a founding member of the exploration organization, GUE, Global Underwater Explorers and serve in the training council. Lundgren pioneered Technical and Cave diving, exploration diving, in Scandinavia in the early 1990s and part founded the prestigious explorations groups BSTD, Baltic Sea technical Divers, and Ocean Discovery.

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RB-(r)evolution in focus at Tech-Diving 2012

Recent years revolution in Rebreather systems has enabled closed systems (mCCR and eCCR) and some semi-closed rebreather systems not only for the hard core tech diver but also for a much broader audience. One main focus on the Tech-diving 2012 conference will be the challenges of rebreather diving.

Dr Simon Mitchell, wreck diver and researcher of inner ear decompression illness and CO2 monitoring, from University of Auckland thinks the next major breakthough in technical diving will be the development of solid state non-consuming PO2 and PCO2 monitors that require low power and are small enough to be deployed in a rebreather mouthpiece.

- The accurate, reliable real time measurement of PO2 without using galvanic fuel cells in a rebreather loop is one of technical diving's "holy grails", says Simon Mitchell. Similarly, the accurate measurement of inhaled and exhaled PCO2 at the mouth will give the diver definitive warning of both CO2 breakthrough at the scrubber and CO2 retention respectively. The technology for both of these functions currently exists, but refinement is ongoing.

Jill Heinerth, underwater explorer and film maker believes that the greatest challenge in technical diving will be to hold the reigns tightly in CCR diving and foster a change in how people approach their CCR dives. We need a social/cultural change where teammates encourage their diving partners to be meticulous, using check sheets and never diving with a rig that is not fully operational.

- If the casual behaviors and high level risk taking do not cease, then I fear that CCRs could be banned from sites or regulated out of the marketplace, says Jill Heinerth.

Dr Simon Mitchell and Jill Heinerth are two of the speakers of Tech-Diving 2012 and were asked to share their views on the greatest challenge or major breakthrought to come within the world of technical diving in the near future. Other topics at Tech-Diving 2012 will be: What are the manufacturers doing to move Tech-Divers from OC to RB? Will closed systems dominate? Which system is right for me?

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Tech-Diving 2012 – the diving event of the year!

World renown divers and researchers will arrive in Stockholm in January to discuss technical diving on the Tech-Diving 2012 conference arranged by Royal Institute of Technology Diving Club. The speakers are the best of the best: Dr David Doolette, cave diver and Research Physiologist at the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit responsible for development and testing of decompression procedures, Jill Heinerth, pioneering underwater explorer and film maker, Simon Mitchell, wreck diver and researcher of inner ear decompression illness and CO2 monitoring, from University of Auckland, Jim Kennard, wreck diver and explorer of shipswrecks in the Great Lakes, Arne Sieber, researcher of advanced diving and new sensor systems for rebreathers, Daniel Karlsson and Dr Dmitri Gorski, cave divers and explorers of the underwater mine of Tuna Hästberg, Dr Oskar Frånberg and Dr Mikael Gennser researchers from the environmental physiology department of KTH. Marko Wramén, underwater photographer and chief editor of the Swedish diver magazine DYK will be the moderator of the seminar.

The conference will take place at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm on the 28th  – 29th of January 2012. The conference will be the fourth in the successful series consisting of Tech-Diving 94, Tech-Diving 2000 and Tech-Diving 2006, with attendees from all over the world.

A lot has happened in the field of technical diving in the last six years. A series of seminars and exhibitions with similar themes have been arranged. But none of those have, in our point of view, had the international calibre and focus as that of Tech-Diving 2012.

The Diving Club at the Royal Institute of Technology is one of the most active non-profit diving clubs of Sweden with a large number of technical divers.

Ticket sales starts now! The cost for the complete seminar, including coffee in the morning, lunch, and afternoon snacks both days is € 160. Buy your ticket before October 31 and we offer you a discounted price of € 130. The number of tickets are limited, reserve your ticket now. 

Erik Armerén

Jan 28-29



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